With the summer heat and the heat of the moment combining to create a test of wills, Myles Sullivan outlasted his worthy foe to become a hometown hero.
The 15-year-old Portage la Prairie resident chipped in from off the green for a birdie to force a playoff, then took five extra holes to finally put away Stony Mountain’s Aaron Cockerill and capture the Manitoba Blue Cross junior men’s rural golf championship at Portage Golf Club on Tuesday.
“I was in a playoff two years ago in the match play qualifier and it didn’t go so well,” said Sullivan, who earned his first provincial championship. “This feels great. I’m super happy with how things went.”
Sullivan and Cockerill, a 16 year old representing the Teulon Golf Club, started the day tied for fifth along with Stony Mountain resident and Teulon representative Kyle Kelpin, four shots out of the lead after opening with 4-over 74s on Monday.